The Florida Project

This is a movie review of the title to this blog and at the outset, I would like to mention that it was not just critically acclaimed but also definitely worth a watch. The narrative is through the protagonist’s eyes, in this case, six-year-old Moonee, played by Brooklyn Prince, and how she spends one particular summer with her playmates and under the aegis of her rebellious single mother with Walt Disney World in the vicinity.

Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Moonee, Sean Baker
The Florida Project Poster

Credit is due to the director, Sean Baker, who effortlessly transcends the world of a kid even though the reality that she is surrounded with is far from cosy. Bria Vinaite plays the mother who is striving to make ends meet and wants the best for her daughter but that is not always the case. A seasoned actor such as Willem Defoe brings credibility to the supporting cast as the motel manager with a conscience or an upright man who knows what he’s doing.

The movie also ranks high on IMDB with a rating of 7.6 and I had the good fortune of watching it with my better half on Netflix. This movie is definitely one of those on Over The Top(OTT) platforms that cannot be missed because once you get hooked to the content there is a dearth of good programming to keep you hooked or you might go for trial and error to find what suits you best.

The contrast in the characters and locations is what is admirable in the movie but what really takes the cake is the unexpected climax and the sheer ingenuity of it all. Do watch it.


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